Hundreds of people in Nigeria’s northwestern city of Sokoto demonstrated over the weekend over the arrest of two students following the murder of a Christian student Deborah Samuel accused of blasphemy.
Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education was on Thursday stoned to death and her body burnt by a mob of Muslim students of the college. Police said they made two arrests following the incident and that they had begun a manhunt for other suspects who appeared in footage of the gruesome murder which circulated on social media.
In the early morning of Saturday, Muslim youths took to the streets of the city, lighting bonfires and demanding the release of the two detained suspects. The enraged mob retreated downtown where they attempted to loot shops belonging to Christian residents but were dispersed by security patrol teams.